STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1930
RE: H.B. No. 1375
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1375, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE STATE OF HAWAII MUSEUM OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require that the Governor include no less than $2,000,000 in the executive budget as a recurring cost to be allocated to the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Bishop Museum, Charles Reed Bishop Trust, Kamehameha Schools, Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture, Kanu o Ka Aina Learning Ohana, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, The Queen's Health Systems, and one individual.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance and Department of the Attorney General.
Your Committee finds that State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History, also known as the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, stewards the largest collection of Hawaiian and Oceanic materials in the world. The additional funding will help the museum to hire additional staff, enhance operations, and ensure the care, protection, and preservation of its collections.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the appropriation from $2,000,000 to an unspecified amount; and
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1375, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1375, H.D. 2, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair